Fresh Hope – 1st October 2019

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting watching a huge thunderstorm; as it passed over, rain poured, lightning flashed every few seconds and thunder rolled around the sky almost continuously. It was an awesome sight and sound.

It is easy to see why in ancient times people believed that thunderstorms were the gods fighting in the heavens, such is the power on display. Of course we now know that it is all to do with warm and cold air clashing, not the gods!

In 1 Kings 19, the Bible describes how Elijah is running for his life and he hides in a cave. God tells him to stand on the mountain because God himself is going to pass by.

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.’ 

So God was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire but He was in the gentle whisper.

How often are we looking for God in the dramatic, in the spectacular or in the huge miracle, when he is actually right in front of us in the small, in the quiet, even in the mundane? How often are we praying for the huge leap when God is actually in the very next step?

Of course God is quite capable of doing the spectacular but so often He works in the small things. Today, make a point of looking for God in the small, in the seemingly everyday things. Perhaps take a moment to be still and listen because His voice is just a gentle whisper. Maybe what you hear will be all you need to know.

Richard Ashmore

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